Hypericum japonicum Thunb. ex Murray APNI*
Synonyms: Hypericum chinense Osbeck APNI*
Description: Prostrate or decumbent herb to 20 cm high.
Leaves frequently clustered, obovate to oblong, 2–8 mm long, hardly stem-clasping.
Inflorescence a terminal cyme of 1–3 flowers or more usually flowers axillary and solitary; flowers 3–8 mm diam., yellow to orange; pedicels 4–5 mm long. Sepals and petals usually 2–5 mm long. Stamens 20–30, free, not persistent.
Capsule 3-valved, smooth, to 7 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread from the Coast to Western Slopes.
Grows in damp places, including swamps, on the coast and ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Variable taxon requiring investigation. Sometimes placed in Clusiaceae.
Text by C. Miller (1990), updated April 2017
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW Vol. 1 (1990)
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